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Lebanon’s dynamic capital is not known as 'the Paris of the Middle East’ for nothing, and this vibrant, liberal and often chaotic city on the shores of the Mediterranean has a certain ‘je ne sais quoi’. Forget its troubled history and get caught up in the whirlwind of experiences on offer.
The best time to visit Beirut is in the spring, when the weather is warm (around 20°C) but not too humid, the flowers begin to bloom and the city plays host to the Al Bustan and Beirut Spring Festival.
Summers are hot and muggy, but you can always cool off at the beach.
In winter nearby ski resorts open, but Beirut remains relatively mild, with little or no snow. The city comes alive at Christmas.
When you book with Expedia there are plenty of way to ensure you find a cheap flight to Beirut. The city is a popular destination all year round so planning ahead is essential. Having a little leeway in your itinerary will also help you find a bargain.
The only direct flights from the UK to Lebanon are from London, but using the ‘Nearby airports’ option will show you routes to Beirut from different departure points.
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Lebanon’s only commercial airport is Beirut–Rafic Hariri International around six miles south of the city centre.
It deals with more than eight million passengers a year. The modern main terminal is flanked by east and west wings. The airport has cafés, shops, duty free, tourist information and hire car facilities.
The airlines that fly direct from London to Beirut are:
There is no public transport at Beirut–Rafic Hariri International so the only options are to drive or take a taxi or private minibus, unless you’re are prepared to walk around a kilometre to a bus stop.
Once in the city, taxis remain the best option for getting around. Many are shared and you’ll need to agree a price in advance. There are also private buses but there are no real timetables or stops.
Driving in Beirut is not recommended unless you know the city and have nerves of steel.
The National Museum of Beirut is the city’s major cultural attraction and is home to a wonderful array of archaeological finds that shed light on Beirut’s long and fascinating history.
Pigeon Rocks rise out of the Mediterranean just off the coast. You can visit by boat or admire the formations from the seafront promenade.
For more geological splendour visit Jeita Grotto, a few miles north of the city, and marvel at the cavernous caves complete with giant stalagmites and stalactites. There’s also a cable car that takes you to the cave entrance.
Perhaps because of its troubled past, Beirut lives very much for the moment, so throw yourself into the nightlife – and in the summer head to one of the city’s outdoor clubs.
Beirut does not exist in isolation of the politics of the region, so stay up to date with current events and be sure to check if any areas of the city are off limits for tourists.
Seats are getting too narrow and tight for comfort.
Flight was on time. Meal was good.
MEA is a great airline to Beirut
Friendly and efficient service
The aircraft was very hot, I asked for water and staff were lovely and gave us all more water as it was so hot!
Very friendly staff and good communication thanks
Always a very pleasant experience with MEA - Thank You
MEA is a very good airline